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Yay...It's Friday!!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

My knees have been remarkably cooperative today so I will not be complaining. They were a little sore first thing but then great most of they. Now a little sore again but nothing like yesterday. I don't know what was up with that.
Today we were collecting samples for a new study. We often use ourselves as "normal" test subjects. The only thing normal about is that we still have kidney function. This morning I had to go into work fasting. Not even coffee. We needing fasting blood and a urine sample. I only had to get stuck twice but was only able to get 4 tubes of blood. My veins were just not happy this morning. Probably too cold in the hospital. After I got my blood spinning down and collected my urine, I was able to have some breakfast and coffee....felt a million times better (except for my arm which has a giant bruise forming).
I spent the rest of the day going up and down the stairs between the 4th floor where our big lab is and the 2nd floor where my office is. Can't drink or eat in the lab. I don't know if it's true of all hospitals but this one has floors that are double high...there are 4 flights of stairs between the floors rather than the usual 2. I am way to impatient to wait for the elevators. So lots and lots of stairs today. When my knees started feeling sore, I started taking the elevator...I'm not that crazy. I'll just count all the stairs as walking 3mph and log some fitness minutes. It's certainly more walking around than I do on a non-sample prep day and this one had many more steps than usual.
I am very happy it is Friday. It's a long weekend for me and my husband is coming home from a work trip this evening. I'm looking forward to a nice weekend. No elliptical until at least Sunday (depending on how the knees are feeling).
Have a great weekend everybody!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/15/2011 7:12PM

    I'm sorry about the big bruise! I hope you have a great weekend, with no knee troubles.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/15/2011 2:45PM

    Happy Friday. I thought the day would never end. emoticon on getting lots of walking in. Have a great workout on Sunday!

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/15/2011 2:05PM

    love love love Fridays!

Your job really does sound quite interesting. Apart from the stairs, but good job on counting them as fitness minutes

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/15/2011 10:25AM

    You are a brave woman. Ouch! Don't they have lab rats for that kind of testing?! And the stairs just might have done a number on your knees (especially if the pain is right below the knee cap). The power of Motrin. Or nothing a lap full or warm kitty cat can't cure. emoticon

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MISSMITSY 1/15/2011 7:33AM

    Awesome work gotta love those stairs!
Have a great weekend with your DH!

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SBATES63 1/15/2011 6:12AM

    Those stairs could be the culprit for your knees, you know. They are great exercise, but hard on the knees when you do them like you do.

Have a great weekend with hubby. Take care, my friend.

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JLITT62 1/15/2011 5:38AM

    Have a nice reunion weekend with your hubby! Mine will be gone most of Feb. on business trips. The upside is I get to eat what I really want to!

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GOGETUMX2 1/15/2011 5:11AM

    Keep up the good work!!!

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KATHLEEN0222 1/15/2011 12:08AM

    Now that sounds like dedication to your work!!!!! Way to go taking a needle for the team!!!!

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KAMAPERRY 1/15/2011 12:06AM

    What kind of work do you do? I am deathly afraid of needles.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/14/2011 10:00PM

    wow that would freak me out. hate needles ;p have great wknd w/ hubby

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/14/2011 8:39PM

    Nat, my Mom was a lab tech and used me as the guinea pig. i couldn't say how many times a month we had to pee in a cup for her give blood, throat swabs, etc. i was 17 before i had someone besides my Mom collect a sample from me! i'd say she was checking us for drugs, but they didn't have all that technology back then.
my pencil holder is an old copper test tube holder with pot! it was Moms.

Have a GREAT long weekend!

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THEHONESTME 1/14/2011 8:29PM

    I hope you have a nice weekend -- rest those knees! emoticon

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GLMOM2 1/14/2011 8:23PM

    What field are you in? Sounds very interesting.

Enjoy your weekend home & with your darling hubby!

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Cranky Knees

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Warning: This is just me complaining. If you don't want to read this, that's okay.
When I got up this morning both of my knees felt fine. No tightness even. Just fabulous. No problems going downstairs to make breakfast. Great driving into work. Great walking into the hospital and up the stairs. Great until about 8am when they started to feel sore. Mostly the left one. That is the worst one. It's been on and off since. Usually sore when I'm sitting rather than doing something. Makes no sense.
I will be seeing my doctor next Wednesday (as some of you already know) so I'll ask about it then.
Oddly on my drive home not only were my knees sore but so were my elbows and my hands. Arthritis? Flu coming on? I don't know.When I got home, nothing was sore.
I thought I'd just do something gentle so I did some yoga and some pilates. The knees were pretty sore afterward but then okay when I got into the shower.
I'm in the process of icing them now. I guess it can't hurt. I'll take an ibuprofen before bed and hope for the best.
Tomorrow: no pilates or yoga or anything
At least it's Thursday. I can't wait for Friday and a long weekend.

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HARRINGTON5 1/14/2011 1:14PM

    I liked the warning. I don't know what the problem might be, but it sounds like you are doing everything to take care of it. I have aches and pains that come and go, but there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with me. You have already been to the doctor and I hope everything was OK.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/14/2011 1:07PM

    So sorry about your knees and good luck at the Doctor on Wednesday. I hope you enjoy your rest day and have a great weekend! I'm excited for 3 days off!

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/14/2011 12:48PM

    Good idea, don't do anything that'll cause your nears to get sore again until you see the doctor about that. Just have a nice relaxing night emoticon

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/14/2011 11:34AM

    oh body aches can be such a pain. I hope they disappear asap, and that you get to feeling better!

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PUDGEM 1/14/2011 11:30AM

    Hope your knees get feeling better soon! My knees ache when it's really cold outside and I know how miserable it is. Rest and take it easy!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/14/2011 10:29AM

    emoticonhello miss cranky pants! That is really odd about your knee and then other joints. I would think it was something settling in but then it went away so I guess not.

Do you have an icy gel to use? I find it really helps. Direct relief!

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MIRWYN 1/14/2011 9:59AM

    You had me laughing again. Your warning was awesome, hehe! Hope they figure out what is going on, body aches can wreck your day.

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MISSMITSY 1/14/2011 7:43AM

    Had to giggle at your warning! You're much nicer then I am I just complain and let people figure that out on their own!

Sorry about the knees I hope it's not anything major, maybe you're just lacking some vitamin or mineral or something...

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JLITT62 1/14/2011 5:28AM

    I was just thinking that you ought to see a doctor (this from someone who almost never goes), so there you go. Hope they can at least give you a clue what's going on. And hope you're not at all sore today!

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/14/2011 1:51AM

    Rest is very good. So weird that there is no rhyme or reason to the pain, no trigger. But pain is BAD! Sounds like you are doing the best for your knees right now.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/14/2011 1:34AM

    oh, hurry up Wednesday! i sure hope the doc can figure that out for you soon!

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KAMAPERRY 1/13/2011 11:24PM

    I am so sorry!! Rest is a great idea. emoticon

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    Yikes. Relax and feel better!!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/13/2011 9:33PM

    massage? chiro? I had a chinese trained american look at my knees. one session..done

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THEHONESTME 1/13/2011 9:09PM

    Rest, rest, rest -- youre body is telling you to rest! Hope your knees are feeling better soon.

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Sort of like a Day Off...But Not Really

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I got to stay home today because I just had some reading to do. I ended up having to go to Starbucks so I could really focus on the book. I do have to go into work tomorrow but that's okay.
I decided to give my poor knee a rest today because it's been sore. Actually more sore today than it has been in weeks. I don't know what's up with it. I did Jackie Warner Power Circuit Training Abs and Upper Body circuits. I'm not sure what I'll do tomorrow. I guess I'll see how the knee feels. I will exercise in the afternoon to give it as much rest as possible, if I do exercise.
I did make an egg white omelet with asparagus for breakfast. I don't usually have time during the week for something like that so it was nice for a change. Usually it's a whole grain english muffin with peanut butter (or almond butter). I had leftover tuna mac and cheese with some broccoli for lunch. I am feeling very cheesy today, so it'll be Amy's cheese enchiladas for dinner. Also got to make up some calories or I'll be way too low for the day.
It did feel almost like a day off, but having to do the reading definitely made it seem like work. I think I'd rather be at work for work.
Have a great Wednesday night all!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/13/2011 5:37PM

    Hope your knee is better today. Your meals sound GREAT! I was going to ask you what you are reading, but it sounds like you are reading work stuff.

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/13/2011 1:54PM

    Like I said on your page definitely rest that knee, hopefully the soreness will go away though.

Sounded like a nice day and mmm mmm mmm mac and cheese with broccoli, I might have to make that next time I go food shopping!

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LARIESHA 1/13/2011 1:21PM

    I like these days, not too much going on, but enough to keep busy.

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/13/2011 12:59PM

    emoticon I am reading this during my Thursday lunch and I am currently eating Amy's Black Bean Enchilada! emoticon
Hope your knee is better. Been there, don't want to be there again!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/13/2011 11:49AM

    Are you icing that knee?

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REEKU731 1/13/2011 11:41AM

    Yumm!! I hope you enjoyed your cheesy day!!

And take care of that knee! I know it can be hard sometimes, but resting or slowing down can sometimes be the best thing for it! I hope it feels better soon my friend!

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HALFFAST 1/13/2011 11:18AM

    I hope you enjoyed your cheesy day :) And take care of that knee! Have you tried wrapping it with an Ace bandage before working out? If it doesn't start feeling better soon you may have to think about seeing a doc :( I'm thinking about you!

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/13/2011 9:15AM

    cheesy day! all that's missing is some yummy baking :)

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MISSMITSY 1/13/2011 6:07AM

    Yeah I don't think I'd enjoy reading for work either, your cheesy day sounds awesome though, I love cheese I try to keep the intake low these days though...

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JLITT62 1/13/2011 5:30AM

    Really? You'd rather be at work? Funny how everyone is different! Hope the knee feels better soon.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/13/2011 12:55AM

    hmmm, i would have a really hard time concentrating at Starbucks. i would spend too much time eating stuff from their muffin case, or at least be thinking about eating that stuff!

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KAMAPERRY 1/12/2011 10:56PM

    Nice day off!! Hope your knee is better soon!

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THEHONESTME 1/12/2011 9:52PM

    I wouldn't be able to work at home -- I'd be goofing off all the time -- at least at work I can focus SOMETIMES! Hope the knee feels better real soon!

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NEWMIRROR 1/12/2011 7:43PM

    Wait.. was this reading for work? Or reading for fun?

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APIRLRAIN888 1/12/2011 7:35PM

    your poor knee! rest don't over use it ;p rest is best ;p

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LARIESHA 1/12/2011 7:18PM

    Take care of that knee, rest may be the best thing right now. Cheese is like one of my favorite things to eat. So those enchiladas sound so good right now! I had a plain ole Subway Sandwich for lunch because the cafe at work was too crowded and I did not feel like waiting in the line. Where's my patience at today?

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WONDERWOMAN 1/12/2011 7:02PM

    I know what you mean. Even though I'm now retired, working from home never seemed to work out.....I'm too easily distracted. When I'm home, I want to do "home stuff" - I'll work at work.

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CRROCKERGIRL 1/12/2011 6:57PM

    Cheese enchiladas sound GOOD! And YAY for days off! :)

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Tuesday 1/11/11

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Since I was up late last night, I decided in advance that I was going to sleep in and workout in the afternoon. It felt really good. I'm not good on less than 5 hours sleep, so I'm glad I didn't try to make myself crazy and get up.
Work wasn't too busy. We're sort of between studies. My boss is teaching this week and working on grants next week. The fellow that I work with is covering in-patient at the hospital, so she's not around for recruiting people. I have been reading a book on mass spectroscopy because we're going to be getting a detector soon and I need to know how to use it. My boss and I decided that it wasn't really necessary for me to be over that the VA just to read so I'll probably be home for the rest of the week and doing the reading here. If it becomes too much of a problem, I'll head over to Starbucks to read.
I did come home and workout. Put in 4 miles on the elliptical today. My knee was a little sore earlier today but felt good after the elliptical. Now, it's a little sore again sometimes. I'm thinking I will do only upper body weights tomorrow and give my knee a break from squats and lunges. See if that helps.
My husband wasn't home for dinner, so I made some whole wheat macaroni and cheese with tuna. Yes, I used a box. I don't like the real stuff. It was Annie's organic. I like it.
That's all for today.
Have a great night!!

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KAMAPERRY 1/12/2011 11:25PM

    emoticon Glad you got some rest!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/12/2011 11:50AM

    No box stuff here emoticonglad you went w/ organic though!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 1/12/2011 11:43AM

    Great job on the 4 miles! I think giving your knee a rest from squats & lunches is a good idea. Your dinner brought back some memories...when we were little my mom used to make mac'n'cheese with tuna for us. I love the box stuff too :)

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GLMOM2 1/12/2011 9:47AM

    4 miles on the elliptical! emoticon job!

I have never tried one in fear that it would kill my knees. I may use a friends sometime when I am at her house again to see how to use it and if I'd like it.

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BREW99 1/12/2011 9:19AM

    Sounds like a plan! I love going to get a coffee and reading or working on my laptop - it's a great getaway. Hopefully it works out for you.

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JLITT62 1/12/2011 8:06AM

    Nice that you get to do the reading at home! DH is having a snow day today.

My knees don't usually bother me, but one was talking just a bit towards the end of my run on Monday, but has been completely fine since. So take care of those babies!

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MISSMITSY 1/12/2011 7:24AM

    Oh my goodness, mass spec! I want your job!! Reading those and working the machines was one of my courses in uni and I loved it, it was like a puzzle taking out these little readings and figuring out what was in the jar based on the peaks and lines... Do you have to read them, or just work the machine?

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/12/2011 6:16AM

    It sounds like your body might even benefit from the break. Sometimes when we give ourselves that time to recharge we come back stronger.

Give starbucks my regards, their lite-note coffee is yummy :)

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LARIESHA 1/12/2011 12:00AM

    Sounds like a pretty easy day. I had the same kind of day, but had to fill for one of the ladies that is still out sick. Not too hard, just sending a few applications to hiring managers for processing. It was my job before I became a specialist so no big deal. Then I spent the rest of the afternoon just looking up things on the internet and scheduling some appts for the kids pretty smooth.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/11/2011 11:31PM

    thanks for the miles today! and glad to hear your knees are better ;p what do you do? work in a lab?

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/11/2011 11:27PM

    HI Nat! love that you use boxed mac n cheese. i do the same for the same reason! the home made stuff, usually is just too darn cheesy for me. and the noodles are always slimy. i have never tried to make if from scratch, just have eaten other peoples homemade mac n cheese.

hope you get that knee figured out!!

I didn't realize that you worked at the VA!. that is nice! i have a family of VETS, so it is great knowing that there are wonderful people like you taking care of them! Thank YOU!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/11/2011 10:49PM

    Good idea giving your knees a break! My knees hurt off and on and I can't wear heels anymore because they bother them so much. Have a good upper body workout tomorrow!

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/11/2011 10:44PM

    Glad today wasnt too bad! Its nice to have a not so crazy day especially when you are planning your workouts for after work. I didnt get to do my workout this morning but it was CRAZY at work, so when I got home I was POOPED! I still put in a 20 minute workout but tomorrow I am going to make sure I do my workout before work so I can get in a nice long one emoticon

Another week at home sounds good! Not too much traveling and personally I used to love going to starbucks to get away and read a little.

Hope you have a good night!

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Not Bad for a Monday

Monday, January 10, 2011

I was a very good girl today. I got up 2:30 just as I had planned and after doing all the little morning tasks, I worked out with Jillian (NMTZ). Perhaps I shouldn't have done the jumping jacks, jump rope and skater in the warm up. My pesky left knee has had a tiny on and off twinge to it since. Not while I was working out, not in the shower after (it just felt a little tight) but just sort of randomly today. It may be nothing since it isn't in the same location all the time. Maybe it's psychosomatic.
I did need to get my workout in this morning because I'm meeting my BFF for dinner tonight. No time in the afternoon for exercise. She's trying to be gluten free so we're heading over to Chevy's. I think I'll get the chicken fajitas. They're not too evil. I don't like sour cream or guacamole and I never put cheese on so they should be relatively healthy. It's also a big portion so I probably won't eat more than half.
In anticipation, I had an Amy's light and lean spinach lasagna for lunch. Only 250 calories and very tasty. And it's organic. A side of broccoli and it's a great lunch. I hope it'll last me until dinner.
Have a great day everyone!!

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GLMOM2 1/12/2011 9:45AM

    Hope your knee is feeling better soon. My knees bother me from time to time too. Pesky things!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/11/2011 10:16PM

    I love NMTZ! Def. will do it when I get back to Greece!

mmmm good plan for dinner with your BFF how did it go? :D

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55TUCKER 1/11/2011 9:39PM

    I hope your knee is better soon. Enjoy your dinner out with your BFF!

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BREW99 1/11/2011 8:47AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your knee - maybe it just wasn't awake that early in the morning. Do you get up at 2:30AM everyday? Wow! You are amazing!

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MARCHEM 1/11/2011 7:30AM

    Hope you had a great dinner!

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MISSMITSY 1/11/2011 5:55AM

    That darn knee again, I wish it would get better for you! Have fun with your BFF!!

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/11/2011 4:52AM

    Sorry your knee is still twinging. Hope you had a blast with your BFF!

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THEHONESTME 1/10/2011 8:37PM

    Sounds like a very nice, productive day! I hope you enjoyed your dinner with your BFF.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/10/2011 8:28PM

    Back to your normal early bird self! well hey, i was up at 6am! love chicken fajitas! i do have the sour cream, but not the rest of it.

as for that pesky knee, i have a knee wrap that i wear on occasion. good to have handy. especially with some of that jarring, twisty exercise. hope it is all in that head of yours!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/10/2011 8:14PM

    that does sound like a great monday despite the knee thing!!!

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HALFFAST 1/10/2011 5:57PM

    Mmmm I love Chevy's! Haven't been there in years though. I made Mexican Meatloaf for dinner tonight. I throw in an ungodly amount of fresh cilantro along with some cumin for that tex-mexy zesty flavor ;) I have the recipe posted somewhere. I'll find it for you if you want to try it. Very easy and very few ingredients.

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    I hope your knee is feeling better! Have fun at dinner with the BFF!

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JLITT62 1/10/2011 4:42PM

    Enjoy your dinner! Be thankful you don't like sour cream & guac (altho guac is healthy in small doses) & don't get the cheese. Cause I'd put on all those things!

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DMBEECHAM 1/10/2011 4:37PM

    I hear you on the twingy knees. I've had osteoarthritis in both my knees since I was 16 (I turned 40 in 2010). Sometimes ibuprofen helps, ice if there's swelling, heating pad if there isn't.

Enjoy dinner with your BFF tonight!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/10/2011 4:21PM

    Have a great time at dinner w/ your BFF!

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    Hope your knee is feeling better. Have a great time tonight!!

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PJMARGARITA 1/10/2011 3:57PM

    If it were me, cause I had fajitas this weekend and learned my lesson, I would ask them to grill without oil. 3 8" tortillas are 360, then the chicken and the veggies are 330, not including any condiments. not horrible, but just letting you know. Have fun and great job on the workout!!!!

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LARIESHA 1/10/2011 3:51PM

    When my knees started hurting too bad, the DR suggested a neoprene wrap while workout. It helps keep everything in place. I only use it when starts to hurt too much.
Have fun tonight and if you get hungry in between grab an apple or something light. Water usually works for me.


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SLIMMERJESSE 1/10/2011 3:50PM

    Sounds delish. I love guac, so I have to be careful because I make some myself and go haywire with it. (smiling) Have a good evening.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/10/2011 3:47PM

    WOW I seriously dont know how you do it. I certainly would never be able to get up THAT early to workout. Therefore I HAVE to do it in the evenings. Lunch and Dinner sounds good! Im not a big fan of sour cream or guacamole either.

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